South Caucasus Railways authorities issue statement over Arteni imbroglio
YEREVAN, August 22. /ARKA/. In retaliation to some media reports and Asparez Club’s accusations of “illegal” dismantlement of Arteni rail track that has allegedly be repaired one year ago, South Caucasus Railways issued a statement today.
Media outlets also savoured their reports with anti-Russian comments ascribed to Arthur Arakelyan, the chief of the rail station.
“The only reason for the rail track dismantling is the fact that one track is enough to handle cargo and passenger transportation,” the company’s authorities said in their statement. “The dismantling was planned beforehand, and this is confirmed by necessary papers, and this rail track was repaired many years ago, not the last year.”
In its statement, the South Caucasus Railways administration stressed that said that the company’s agenda contains not a single point for closing Arteni rail station and for cutting jobs here, and the dismantlement has been prompted by conclusion that one rail track is enough on this section.
In response to the reproach for dismantling the rail track by the Russian side, the administration stressed that there is neither Russian nor Armenian side in the South Caucasus Railways. “There is only an economic entity – a subsidiary of the Russian company, and this subsidiary is run by Armenian and Russian railway specialists, who deal with common problems”.
The company administration is also surprised that the media quoted Arthur Arakelyan, since “he never made such comments and never talked to journalists”.
South Caucasus Railways, a 100-percent subsidiary of Russian Railways, runs Armenian Railway.
Armenian Railways was handed over to the South Caucasus Railways on February 13, 2008 for 30-year concession management with a right to prolong the management term for other 10 years. ---0---